The broad theme for this term in Reception is 'INTO THE WOODS'. Your child will be exploring the great outdoors, finding out about Autumn, gaining familiarity with traditional tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears and learning lots about bears! The adults will also be supporting your child to explore their own interests alongside our main theme.
You can view the Reception Curriculum Newsletter below.
Tuesday 6th October
Today Reception got a telephone call from Mr Bear asking them to find out about the mysterious girl who Baby Bear had found sleeping in his bed. They found lots of clues in the classroom, including a broken chair, an empty porridge bowl, some strands of blonde hair and a missing blue ribbon. Mr Bear and Mrs Bear were very helpful witnesses and Baby Bear was sure that he had seen some golden hair poking out from under his blanket...
After completing their investigation the children identified their main suspect, Goldilocks. They looked in the cupboards and outside to see if they could find her but she was nowhere to be seen. Some of the children decided to create wanted posters and signs telling Goldilocks not to come back. Watch this space to find out whether she returns!!
Monday 5th October
This week the children are learning all about Autumn. Here are some of the activities that they will be exploring this week.
The children take part in fun and active phonics sessions every day. As a school, we use the Letters and Sounds phonics programme alongside the Jolly Phonics stories and actions. You can support your child's early phonic development at home by singing songs, reciting rhymes and of course reading with them. This can be their school reading book, a picture book, a magazine, an internet page, an e-mail or anything else they are interested in. Your child does not need to 'read' the words at this stage - the focus should be on having an enjoyable shared experience. We have included a suggested list of classic children's picture books below as well as ideas for reading together with your child.
During the Autumn term we will also start to send phonics flashcard sheets home. The cards will be sent home in the order that the sounds are being taught in school. Ideally your child should practise their sounds at the same time as reading their school reading book. You can make this fun in lots of ways, for example by asking them to find objects around the house that start with the same sounds, by timing them to see how quickly they can remember the sound and by playing pairs games. When you are supporting your child with phonics it is important that you use what are known as 'pure' sounds. Below is a video showing the correct pronunciation of the sounds in British English.